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Hi I'm Dave Ramer

I was born in Florida and I'm a huge Miami Dolphins fan. I am a Police Officer and love serving the community and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of six and have been married for almost 18 years. I have been a police officer for 12 years. I have worked as a patrol officer, field training officer (training the new officers), detective (investigating family crimes), public information officer (media relations) and recently I was promoted to Sergeant. As a police officer I have seen many types of tragedies and I have dealt with many people who prey upon society. I love working with my fellow officers as we respond to emergencies and help catch criminals. My parents divorced when I was 4 years old and when I was 6 my mother, sister and I moved to Houston, TX, to be near my grandma. I spent my Summers with my father in Florida and spent my school time in Texas with my mother. I am a huge sports fan. I love baseball, basketball but most of all football. Being from South Florida, my father raised me right...to be a Dolphins fan. I love playing with my kids and watching them in their various sports and activities.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I was exposed to two different religious backgrounds. My Dad was very active in his faith. While in Florida, I attended church with him. Dad was a a devoted Christian, setting a great example for me. He visited the sick and elderly, picked up youth to attend Church and loved God. During my time in Texas my mother, sister and I occasionally attended a large, Baptist church near where we lived. My grandma who was a second mother to me, was a devoted Christian and at one point in her life was a minister. From these backgrounds I learned the importance of God and knew Jesus was my savior. While in my youth, my mom dated various men. One of which happened to be a Mormon. He said prayers and was different from the other men my mother dated. When she asked him to learn more about the Mormon faith he, for unknown reasons, refused to tell her much. My mother was determined and looked up the Mormon church in the Yellow Pages. Soon two Mormon missionaries stopped by and dropped off literature and a Book of Mormon. My mother thanked them and told them not to return as she was only trying to learn more about the faith. I remember life was trying at times for my mother. On one particular occasion, I remember mom retired to the back bedroom of our 2 room apartment. She was crying. I later learned she went to her room to pray. Money was tight and she was having various struggles. In her prayer she simply stated there has to be more to life. Shortly after she retired to the room, there was a knock on the door. The 2 Mormon missionaries were back. I went and told my mother who came to the door, wiping tears away. The missionaries were lost and needed directions and only knew my mother in the area. Little did they know we were the ones lost. My mom felt the Spirit and asked to take the lessons. We were soon baptized into the Church. I will always remember and thank God for my missionaries, His missionaries.

How I live my faith

I love God and strive to serve him as best I can. At church I work with the youth. I am a scout leader for the 14 to 15 year old young men. We attend various campouts and I help them achieve their scouting and life goals. It is great working with such amazing young people. In my line of work I often deal with criminals and see tragedies. Working with these young men helps to keep my cup full. As part of my work with the scouts, I have helped to organize and set up numerous campouts from a small scale to much larger ones encompassing various scout groups. We provide service on a monthly basis and several of my scouts have earned the rank of Eagle, providing thousands of hours of service in the process. At work, I am the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) coordinator. This is a division of the Special Olympics. I coordinate various fundraisers to benefit Special Olympics of Arizona. This past year, our agency raised over $15,000 for the athletes of Special Olympics. I have also conducted my own fundraisers to benefit a non profit group that assists police officers and their families in time of need. For the past 2 years, I have set up and coordinated merit badge clinics, teaching scouts in the area about Crime Prevention and Fingerprinting as well as a Fire Safety (with the help of my fire fighting brothers). Over this past year I also conducted 2 canned food drives to benefit the local Salvation Army. At work I am a part of the Critical Incident Stress Team, where I work with officers who have been exposed to traumatic events, such as kids dying or are going through difficult stressors in their personal life. I love God with all my heart and strive for ways to serve my fellow brothers and sisters.